Boro takes down PSAC rival

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 4:51 PM
Boro takes down PSAC rival by Michael McLaughlin
Photo: Kimberly Firestine

The Edinboro women’s basketball team used a strong third quarter to pull away from Mercyhurst on Jan. 25.

Edinboro retained their second place spot in the PSAC West with the victory and Mercyhurst remained in third.

Aside from a high-scoring third quarter for the Fighting Scots, the game was a defensive battle. Head coach Stan Swank said he felt the Scots did a great job with their press to hold Mercyhurst to 50 points.

Near the end of the first quarter, the Lakers led 11-8, but with 20 seconds left, Michelle Jahn hit a three-pointer to tie the game. Mercyhurst would not regain the lead for the rest of the contest. 

Edinboro opened up the second quarter on a 7-0 run, but only took a 26-25 lead into halftime. Mercyhurst was able to grab three offensive rebounds at the end of the half, but were not able to turn them into points.

Edinboro would record eight steals in the third quarter (20 total in the game), which resulted in 13 points. The Fighting Scots outscored the Lakers 19-9 in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead into the final frame.

Michaela Barns said they really had to play as a team in this game to win. The frontcourt was struggling with rebounds, so the guards had to step up and help them out on the boards.

Edinboro finished the game outscoring Mercyhurst 17-16 in the fourth quarter, which led to a final score of 62-50 in favor of the Scots.

Edinboro’s strong defense showed up, but they were outrebounded 51-27 in the game. They would bend, but not break, as they did not allow the Lakers to capitalize on many of their second chance opportunities.

“What we had to do was counter with our guard play,” Swank said. “We tried to stretch them out, so they couldn’t get to the boards as much, but we’ve been struggling with the boards a little bit and tonight it was evident.”

Jahn and Barns led the team in scoring with 15 points each. Jontay Walton added 13 points off the bench; Katie Fischer had 10 points and five assists; and Ciara Rosten added nine points.

Natalie Piaggesi led the Lakers with 17 points and eight rebounds. Angela Heinz, Mercyhurst’s leading scorer and fifth in the PSAC, was held to four points on the night.

“I think Heinz just had an off night...our kids helped each other and played a team defense,” Swank said.

Mercyhurst committed 33 turnovers on the night, which led to the Scots winning the points- off-turnovers battle 28-15.

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